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Aer Lingus Will Join the Full-Flat Business Class Club in 2015

Where: Dublin, Ireland
August 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

Some interesting news out of Ireland late last week: national carrier Aer Lingus is upgrading the business class product on its long-haul Airbus A330 fleet to full-flat seats, starting next year.

Still in signature tones of green, the seat is a variation on a theme that we’ve seen on a variety of carriers now, including Finnair. It reclines to a 2-metre, 6.5-feet bed, features USB ports and a universal plug, as well as various storage spaces for jackets, shoes, and laptops. There is more good news in terms service and experience on the ground too.

This is what the new cabin looks like, leaving behind the 2-2-2 across angled seats for a staggered 1-2-1, 1-2-2 configuration. It’s somewhat of a mirror image of the Finnair cabin, with the rows of purely individual seats on the A-side of the cabin. “Throne”-seats (you can spot one three rows down on the left in the above picture) will be top choice for single travelers.

This screengrab shows a total of 7 rows, which would make it a total of 31 seats, an increase in capacity compared to the 24 seats in the current cabins.

In-flight entertainment comes to you from 16” individual screens, and business class will have complimentary access to WiFi.

On the ground, there will be new lounges in the equally new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow, as well as at New York JFK. On east-bound overnight flights from JFK and Boston you will have the choice to eat before you board so that you can maximize your sleeping time.

One outstanding reason to use Aer Lingus to travel to the US for non-US citizens? Pre-clearance in Ireland, meaning you arrive as a domestic flight in the United States, very much like the exclusive British Airways service between London City and New York JFK.

While a dedicated website is up and running, there aren’t any details yet on launch dates, first routes, and completion of the rollout. When that’s available, we’ll let you know.

[Rendering / Screengrabs Aer Lingus]

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